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disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish:
a cantankerous, argumentative man.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Miss Cayley’s Adventures Grant Allen
In the Midst of Alarms Robert Barr
The Graftons Archibald Marshall
The Christian Hall Caine
From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes

quarrelsome; irascible


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